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In the build-up, and conclusion, of the first LIV Golf Invitational Series event at the Centurion Club, many influential figures have given their thoughts and opinions on the new Saudi-backed series.
On Saturday evening at the RBC Canadian Open, six-time Major winner Nick Faldo, and his CBS colleague, Jim Nantz, gave their thoughts on the LIV Golf Series, with both men slamming the set-up of the 54-hole format, as well as those players who have jumped ship to pursue the larger purses.
“No. 1, you saw those faces, you can’t feel good being a Major champion to be suspended from the tour," stated Faldo. "We’ve got two totally different golf tournaments. One, we play for tournaments and national championships over here and the LIV Tour is what, 54 holes and no cut, shotgun start, you know, it sounds crazy.
“And the other thing that is very noticeable is the players that have left. Obviously, they’re in their mid-40s, they’ve been out here on Tour, they’ve been battling away and they probably know they can’t win out here against the youngsters. So they’re taking the easy option to go over and try and win a boatload of cash.”
Faldo's comments had been somewhat supported by nine-time Major winner, Gary Player, with Player stating in an interview with Sky Sports that: "There's not a lot of them (players featuring at LIV) who can win on their regular Tour anymore." However, the 86-year-old also said that players were "wisely taking the money."
Following Faldo's comments, Nantz gave his thoughts, with the 63-year-old stating: "What I keep hearing from people, too, is a sense of disappointment, even a little betrayal. They’ve always been told the story — and I know it was true — that at some point in their careers the dream was to play on the PGA Tour, build a legacy, build your future financially.
“And the Tour’s been good to them. It’s a Tour that’s come into these communities for decades and made these communities better than how they were when they first got there. I’m talking not millions; I’m talking billions of dollars into these communities.”
Recently, Bryson DeChambeau, Patrick Reed and Pat Perez have added their names to the LIV list, with DeChambeau receiving a reported $100+ million to participate. For Faldo, who has six Major titles and 30 European Tour trophies to his name, the PGA Tour is still the top spot for Professionals, with the 64-year-old stating: “You know, I’ve been out on the Tour for decades and now decades with TV as well, and you love it out there. When you’re a kid, this was your dream, to come out and compete against the best and it’s what you do."
Matt studied Sports Journalism at Southampton Solent University, graduating in 2019. Now a freelance writer for Golf Monthly and the PGA, he covers all aspects of the game, from Tour news to equipment testing and buyers’ guides. Taking up the game at the age of six, Matt currently holds a handicap of 3 and despite not having a hole in one…yet, he has had two albatrosses. His favourite player is Rory McIlroy, despite nearly being struck by his second shot at the 17th during the 2015 BMW PGA Championship.
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